Florida Insurance Regulator Approves Changes to Wind-Loss Mitigation Credits Under ISO's Homeowners Program

JERSEY CITY, NJ, Feb. 24, 2003 — The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved Insurance Services Office, Inc.'s (ISO) homeowners program for insurers to provide homeowners premium credits for wind-loss mitigation features in residential properties.

The new legislation rescinds a previous wind mitigation program designed to recognize protective devices over building openings.

The Office of Insurance Regulation has approved ISO's program, which contains:

  • wind mitigation credits for up to 26 percent of the wind portion of the homeowners premium
  • a minimum credit for only those risks that previously qualified for, and received,
  • a credit under the state's now-obsolete Windstorm Protective Device Rule (shutters)
  • a 15 percent credit for residential properties built after January 1, 2002. The credit applies only to communities that participate in ISO's Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) program and have classifications of Grades 1, 2 or 3 for well enforcement of the latest building code
  • a 25 percent reduction to credits contained in the BCEGS program

ISO's wind mitigation credits were developed using AIR Worldwide's U.S. hurricane model.

ISO's BCEGS program was developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which set a record for insured catastrophe losses. The ISO program evaluates the effectiveness of local building codes to help identify how well homes and commercial structures in a given community will hold up to hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Insurers now use ISO's building-code evaluations as a key variable in underwriting residential and commercial property risks.

Under the statute enacted by the state, insurers are required to submit their individual discounts program for properties with the Office of Insurance Regulation by February 28.

ISO has also filed with the Office of Insurance Regulation a schedule for percentage of credits that insurers may apply for wind-loss mitigation for dwelling and commercial properties.

ISO is a leading source of information, products and services related to property and liability risk. For a broad spectrum of commercial and personal lines of insurance, ISO provides analytical and decision-support products, consulting, technical services, statistical services and data processing. ISO's products help customers with sales and prospecting, underwriting, rating and quoting, customer management, policy administration, product development, claims administration and fraud detection. ISO's AIR Worldwide subsidiary provides customers with the most advanced technologies for the assessment and management of natural and man-made extreme event risk. Through its iiX and Intellicorp subsidiaries, ISO also provides motor vehicle reports and criminal-records information. In the United States and around the world, ISO serves insurers, reinsurers, agents, brokers, self-insureds, risk managers, insurance regulators and other government agencies.

Release: Immediate

Giuseppe Barone / Erica Helton
MWW Group (for ISO)
gbarone@mww.com / ehelton@mww.com

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